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By Claire Milhench LONDON (Reuters) - Brent oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as speculator buying on hopes for a price rebound offset data showing record-high U.S. crude stocks. U.S. crude was trading at $44.26 a barrel by 6:41 a.m. ET, down 19 cents but off a six-year low hit on Wednesday. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said domestic crude stocks had risen by almost 9 million barrels week-on-week to nearly 407 million, the highest level since the government began keeping such records in 1982. "It's a tug of war between the non-supportive fundamentals and investor flows - investors are more concerned about missing a potential bounce," said Ole Hansen, senior commodity strategist at Saxo Bank.